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    And then there's the kind of comedy that actually makes you laugh. I prefer that.

    Posted in: TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

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    ISIS is much more than a criminal organization. By that definition, every successful revolution from George Washington to Castro was started by a criminal revolution. (And Washington was indeed called a criminal by the British.)

    ISIS is a particularly evil revolutionary group operating in two failed states. California is not yet a failed state, and the Hell's Angels are nowhere near revolutionary - nor do they control territory as ISIS does. ISIS could very well become the de facto government in the region, finally offering a state that makes North Korea look good by comparison.

    That said, Abe is absolutely crazy if he thinks sending the military in over this is a good idea. The ramifications it will have with Japan's international relations will be very damaging. Japan will become a prominent target. Japan's claim to being a nation of peace will be weakened. And China-North Korea will be up in arms about it. All for 2 hostages who shouldn't have been there in the first place.

    And then, of course, there is the low likelihood of success for any such mission. It would probably fail in spectacular fashion, ending with a bunch of JDF prisoners to be paraded and beheaded by ISIS. The only good that would come out of it would be that Abe's political career would be destroyed in the process. But the price is way, way too high.

    Anyway, I suspect he's just talking a good game to make it seem like he's doing something.

    Posted in: Abe briefing document rules out Japan strike on Islamic State

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    this nation has long been involved in exploiting the lands and peoples of the world for its own economic prosperity or it would not have risen to be the world's 2nd largest economy

    What a load of poppycock. Tell me again how Japan exploited Syria? I'm sure ISIS is looking for volunteers, if you are interested.

    Posted in: Hostage crisis reminds Japan it is a target: analysts

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    27 upvotes for JTDanMan's "In other news, Republican asks U.S. publisher to change ' slave' reference in textbooks to "comfort labor."

    The people posting here are mostly denouncing a Japanese attempt to rewrite history. And yet, a rewrite of American history (Republicans actually freed the slaves) get 27 upvotes. Doesn't reflect too well on what kind of people are here.

    Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook

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    In other news, Republican asks U.S. publisher to change ' slave' reference in textbooks to "comfort labor."

    Er...Makes no sense. Republicans literally died to end slavery in the US, against Democrat opposition.

    Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook

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    StormR, I'm glad you understood my joke about the teachers. Of course the government shows no inclination to cut expenses. Raising taxes is easier, as only the working people suffer, but also will do nothing to address the situation. There is simply not enough money among Japan's shrinking population to pay off all that debt, whatever the tax rate is. (You do know that tax rate increases stop being effective above a certain point.)

    90% of the government is deadweight, Yubaru. Japanese have become complacent, and the government has put the country so deep into a hole that no reform or tax increase can dig them out. The only option is what Abe is doing right now, devaluing the yen. When the yen is 350 to the dollar, the government might be able to meet their debts. Of course, Japan will be a much poorer country then. I hope that at least the government will stop paying off their favored zombie corporations and allow innovative businesses to thrive. There is a lot of talent in Japan, and the government/big business cooperative is holding much of it down.

    Posted in: Aso calls for drastic fiscal reform to balance budget

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    This journalist simply repeated what some South Korean media were saying - but only he gets charged with liable. Every fascist government needs its obedient puppies, I guess.

    Posted in: S Korea extends travel ban on Japanese journalist on trial for defaming Park

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    It's worth noting: These are NOT Uniqlo factories. They are independent factories that supply clothes to brands worldwide. Every clothing company in the world can use these factories.

    The brand (Diesel, Gap, Uniqlo, whoever) come up with their designs and factories basically bid to get the jobs. If the brand had a large clothing line like Uniqlo, they will use many factories at the same time. Some brands may require certain labor standards in their contract, but factories often ignore that part of it.

    The Chinese government doesn't crack down on these factories because their main focus is economic growth. If you buy anything at all made outside your home country, you are supporting these factories. On the other hand, if you refuse to buy from developing countries, you put people out of jobs and families go hungry.

    It's not a simple problem. At least with big brands like Uniqlo, you can pressure them to check on the factories. With smaller brands or unknown brands, expect the worst. I wouldn't expect Ito-Yokado to be checking up on where their clothes were made.

    Posted in: Uniqlo under fire for dealing with Chinese factories accused of putting workers at risk

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    President Park is starting to seem more like a Great Leader every day. Getting hard to tell the 2 Koreas apart.

    Posted in: S Korea extends travel ban on Japanese journalist on trial for defaming Park

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    Japan must tackle drastic reform on both spending and tax revenues

    Bad news, as 90% of this will be addressed by raising taxes. After they cut the pay of a few teachers there's nowhere else to go. They certainly can't expect hard working politicians to cut their first class travel expenses and lavish dinners.

    Posted in: Aso calls for drastic fiscal reform to balance budget

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    The whole idea that an economy requires constant population growth is as unsustainable as anything anyone can dream up. At some point, populations must shrink. This is a fact of life.

    Yes, a shrinking population will bring some problems. But most of those problems are due to equally unsustainable economic practices over the past several decades - practices that depended on continual population growth. Those practices are the root of the problem.

    Saying Japan needs more people to keep the economy afloat is like saying a larger credit limit will help someone who spends twice what they earn. It simply postpones the inevitable and brings on bigger problems down the road.

    Japan certainly could use more foreign brainpower and the stimulation brought by hard-working and ambitious immigrants. But importing people willy-nilly to prop up a failing economic policy will be a disaster.

    Posted in: Le Pen urges Japan to avoid making same mistakes as France

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    Respect your adopted country or stay home.

    Exactly.

    Mulitculturalism is a massive hoax. If there is no urge to respect one common culture, then society disintegrates. Immigrants are fine, and tolerance of different customs should be encouraged, but not at the cost of a common culture that bonds the society.

    Rome welcomed generals and leading citizens from many different regions and cultures. Once they entered Rome, though, they became Roman.

    Cosmopolitan: yes. Multicultural: no.

    Posted in: Le Pen urges Japan to avoid making same mistakes as France

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    The article doesn't say it was a high speed pursuit. The girls had already gone through a red light and the wrong way down a one-way street. They might well have crashed without being pursued, or may have hurt a pedestrian as well.

    Are the police just to ignore that? I would prefer they try to stop someone who is driving recklessly and endangering others. This is a very sad end, but nothing here suggests it was the fault of the police.

    Posted in: Two 15-year-old girls on minibike crash after police chase; one dead

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    It's easy enough to determine whether the use of "girl" is acceptable. Simple substitute boy:

    "NTV settles with college boy; offers him announcer position"

    It's clearly demeaning, isn't it?

    Posted in: NTV settles with college girl; offers her announcer position

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    The "food" at fast food establishments is all automated. They drop the carcasses in at one end and burgers come out the other.

    Bertie, all cheap restaurant chains and most cheap restaurants all source food from the same places as McDonald's. Many medium priced restaurants use the same sources as well, and just dress it up better. It's no less "automated," as you call it.

    I'm not talking about a mom and pop izakaya, as they do take more care (though a great many of those also use cheap and questionable sources for food).

    More care is usually taken by the suppliers when the sell to McDonald's, because McDonald's is big and can make demands - and they worry about their image. Those same suppliers also sell to importers in Japan, who sell to wholesalers, who sell to local izakayas and chains. The same food. Except the importers have fewer resources to stay on top of the suppliers than Mcdonald's.

    Unless you are buying locally sourced food from a place you trust, you're kidding yourself if you think you are getting something better than McDonald's at a local cheapo chain. You think Saizeriya is better? It's not.

    Posted in: McDonald's apologizes for tooth, plastic found in food

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    There are over 3000 McDonald's outlets in Japan.

    How about taking a random selection of 3000 low cost restaurants/izakayas for comparison? Almost certainly, they would have even more cases of contaminants in food - especially the small chains that have less oversight with their suppliers. But you will never hear about it, because bad food in small restaurants doesn't make the news.

    Because of its size, Mcdonald's is a convenient target. If they left Japan tomorrow, there would be plenty of other places in Japan to fill up on unhealthy junk food, plastic bits, hair and whatever.

    Posted in: McDonald's apologizes for tooth, plastic found in food

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    I can't see how the Olympics should have anything to do with smoking regulations in Japan, except as a convenient excuse for those who want to pass such laws. I don't smoke, and I don't like being near smokers, but this whole "we must change our smoking laws or else we will live in shame when the Olympics come to town" meme is a sideshow in my opinion.

    Posted in: In some ways the barriers would be too high if we try to impose regulations with punishments for noncompliance.

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    Captain Ahab died in the Sea of Japan hunting Moby Dick.

    Gokai, I generally agree with your comment, but Ahab died farther south, near the equator. He did lose his leg to Moby Dick near Japan, though.

    Posted in: Harpoonless Japanese whalers heading for Antarctic

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    1-Kimura doesn't always win. If you don't want Kimura to win, you simply have to outbid them, like in any auction. 2-It did attract less per kg than last year, especially if you consider the yen exchange rate. I don't think stopping seafood auctions is an effective way to reduce bluefin demand anyway. Maybe a better way would be to stop making it the default sashimi of choice. I often see bluefin left uneaten at large parties. It seems the chefs believe a sashimi platter without it is incomplete, without considering demand.

    Posted in: Bluefin tuna sells for Y4.51 mil at year's first auction in Tokyo

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    Funny that a movie that glamorises thieves is the most pirated. There is some justice in that...

    Posted in: 'The Wolf of Wall Street' tops 2014 illegal downloads

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